The best dog breeds for introverts

If you're eager to adopt a pup but are put off by how relentlessly social dog ownership can be (puppy playgroups? Seriously?), you are barking up the right tree.

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BASSETT HOUND

Family friendly, easygoing and laid back, they are the perfect dog for those who require plenty of downtime. Mature bassett hounds reportedly sleep up to 20 hours a day. Perfect for binge-watching some Netflix.

English Bulldog

Sweet, sensitive, stubborn and stoic, this wrinkly ham (we mean, just look at him) is “more of a snorer than a barker,” writes one expert. Even at full size (50 lbs.), they are known to curl up in your lap.

Shih Tzu

Meet the quintessential lap dog. Though slightly high maintenance (they require plenty of grooming), they’re affectionate and get along famously with kids. They get a bad rap for being “yappy,” but that’s generally a result of poor training. They were bred to spend their days inside royal palaces, so simply following you around from French press to fainting couch is enough to tucker them out for a long, lovely nap. Hair accessories recommended.

Chow Chow

This calm, protective, bear-like breed, writes one expert, “will spend more time on your couch than your unemployed roommate.” But unlike him, they housebreak easily and are as meticulous about self-grooming as cats.

Pug

Loving, endlessly entertaining with naturally comedic dispositions, they prefer to play indoors since they are sensitive to both heat and cold. Their favorite activities include napping and snacking—making them our literal spirit animal.

Chinese Crested

If you want to get your Lisa Vanderpump on and dress up a delicate dog, this lively, attentive, ultra-affectionate breed is for you. Since they are partially hairless, they will require a wardrobe to ward off extreme temperatures.

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Thankfully, there are plenty of breeds that love indoor life as much as you do—yes, even in studio apartments. (Of course, the little dudes still need adequate outdoor time, but you get the idea.) Here are some of our favorite couch potatoes.   

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BORDER COLLIE

According to Coren, these dogs are able to learn a new command in under five seconds and follow it at least 95 percent of the time.

POODLE

Second place on Coren’s list of smartest pups, these beauties are also great family dogs and hypoallergenic.

GERMAN SHEPHERD

There’s a reason why these guys make great crime-fighting pals—they’re obedient and alert (and handsome, too).

GOLDEN RETRIEVER

The ultimate family-friendly dog, these pooches are loyal, whip smart and very patient.

DOBERMAN PINSCHER

Playful and fun-loving, this breed is easy to train and fiercely loyal.

SHETLAND SHEEPDOG

Hey, only a highly intelligent breed would be able to raise a pig. (If you don’t get this Babereference, please go rent the movie immediately.)

LABRADOR RETRIEVER

The most popular dog breed in America is also one of the smartest. Great with families, these guys are loving and loyal.

PAPILLON

Named after the French word for “butterfly” (just look at those sweet, pointed ears), this toy breed is intelligent, energetic and friendly.

ROTTWEILER

Fans of children’s book Good Dog, Carl won’t be surprised to discover that rotties are fearless, devoted and confident. (And also very obedient, according to Coren.)

AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG

No wonder these canines are such excellent work dogs. But even without cows to herd, this breed makes great companions thanks to their obedience, loyalty and protective nature.

PEMBROKE WELSH CORGI

We wouldn’t expect anything less from Her Majesty’s favorite breed.

MINIATURE SCHNAUZER

Full of energy, these friendly pups are fast learners and sociable (and they have the best mustaches).

ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL

Affectionate, athletic and attentive, these tail-waggers were bred as hunting dogs.

BELGIAN TERVUREN

Ideal watchdogs, these pooches are highly trainable and have boundless energy.

SCHIPPERKE

From the Belgian region of Flanders, this breed is curious, confident and clever. (Although these small pups definitely think they’re bigger than they are.)

BELGIAN SHEEPDOG

Those Belgians really know a thing or two about smart pooches, don’t they?

COLLIE

Well, duh—have you never seen Lassie before?

KEESHOND

Outgoing and playful, this sturdy breed is known for the markings around their eyes that looks like glasses.

GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER

Cooperative and trainable, these pups are popular hunting dogs so they need plenty of exercise.

FLAT-COATED RETRIEVER

Great with kids, this friendly breed is also a popular therapy dog.

ENGLISH COCKER SPANIEL

With their soft and luxurious coat, these guys love being friendly with kids, adults and even other pups. 

STANDARD SCHNAUZER

Devoted, loving and playful, these guys are also hypoallergenic.

BRITTANY

Known as sensitive souls who are very clever and attentive.

COCKER SPANIEL

Thanks to a certain fictional female dog, the cocker spaniel has a lot to live up to.

NOVA SCOTIA DUCK TOLLING RETRIEVER

If you’re looking for a dog that loves to play fetch, then look no further than this smarty-pants.

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